Gabriela McQuade focuses her research and teaching in the areas of criminal law, international criminal law, counterterrorism law and policy, and the constitutional and military history of the use of military commissions as the lecturing fellow in the Guantanamo Defense Clinic at Duke Law School. A clinic alumna, McQuade served as clinical assistant to the clinic director, Professor Madeline Morris, in 2010. After receiving her JD and LLM in International and Comparative Law in 2010, McQuade assisted the Office of Military Commissions Defense with the representation of Guantanamo detainees Omar Khadr and Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri in their prosecutions before military commissions. She is the co-author of the chapter, “Military Commissions,” in Terror and Integrity: Preventive Detention in the Age of Jihad (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013).
During law school, McQuade served as an extern in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina and as a summer associate at Riordan & Horgan. She received the Duke Law Clinical Practice Award in 2010. McQuade is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Boston University where she majored in American history and political science.